Visitation students connect with peers in Norway
ELMHURST — Students at Visitation School were proud to call themselves “Vikings,” and now through a special project in their English class, seventh graders at the Elmhurst school appreciate the origins of that nickname.
The students made an online connection with an eighth grade classroom in Norway, the country from which real Vikings once set out to conquer foreign lands.
Using an online social learning platform called Edmodo, the two classes have been able to interact through a private interface that resembles Facebook, according to the school.
“By asking questions back and forth, they have learned a great deal about each other’s country,” said Visitation seventh grade teacher Kathryn McVey.
The idea for the project was born when McVey and Geir Forbord, a teacher in Norway, met through Edmodo. Forbord said his students were working to develop their English skills.
“What better way than to connect with an English class of peers their age?” McVey said.
The classes also have created and shared videos giving virtual tours of their school.
“Our kids wanted to show their Norwegian friends what Vis is to us and how we are proud to be Vikings,” McVey said.
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